Aileen Rendon '19 is currently a senior graduating this December with her degree in Science Nursing during which she received the title of distinguished scholar of the College of Health and Sciences. Apart from her studies, Aileen currently serves as the community service chairwoman for the Student Nurses’ Association (SNA). Some other of Aileen’s accomplishments include becoming a Reading the Globe Ambassador, placing 1st at the 2019 Service Learning Expo, and being a recipient for the Sanchez Scholarship since the beginning of her undergraduate career in 2016.
Aileen is passionate to give back to her community and help those who are in need. Aileen believes that her community engagement experiences have allowed her to develop effective communication skills and have given her the opportunity to practice servant leadership within the community. Aileen advised, "Volunteer because you learn a lot about the purpose of helping others and in the end although you think you’re there to serve the people that need help, you end up learning a lot more from them than they do from you." Since November 2018 to November 2019, Aileen has completed approximately 317 community service hours. Aileen is a gold medal recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
Gregorio Lopez ’19 is a senior that will be graduating this December with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems. Additional to his academic career, Gregorio served as the Finance Director for the Student Government Association and is a proud brother of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. Gregorio has also been employed with Event Services at TAMIU for the past three and a half years and currently holds the Student Manager position.
Gregorio is a hard-working individual whose skills and humility have won him a winning reputation among the organizations in which he has served. When asked what drives him to be such an efficient servant leader, Gregorio acknowledged that his core value of servitude stems from his catholic beliefs and from his fraternity’s principle of Community Service. His favorite community service events to serve in were The Big Event and Make a Difference Day since he had the opportunity to work alongside his brothers towards a common goal, in an event that was fast-paced and had them on their feet. Gregorio believes that “the community makes us who we are, so that’s why it is important for us to give back.” He encourages others to serve their community since it is a great way to get involved and to get to know new people. Service to others helped Gregorio develop as a person to become a more humble and grounded individual. Since November 2018 through November 2019 he has accumulated 261 community service hours and is a gold medal recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
Natalie Gutierrez ’19 is a senior that will be graduating this December with two bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Apart from her studies, Natalie serves as the Vice President of Civic Engagement for TAMIU’s Greek Council and has been a recipient for the Lamar Bruni Vergara Scholarship since the beginning of her sophomore year. Additionally, Natalie is a proud member of Delta Si Nu Multicultural Sorority, Inc., the National Society of Leadership and Success, and Alpha Phi Sigma.
Natalie has stated that the Laredo community is her “home away from home”. For this reason she dedicates much of her time volunteering. Throughout her undergraduate career, in which she has taken part in many volunteer opportunities, her favorite community service event was the Big Event. Natalie believes volunteering is the perfect opportunity to meet new people. “Don’t be afraid to go out and volunteer on your own. You’ll make friends. Step out of your comfort zone,” Natalie stated. Since November 2018 through November 2019 she has accumulated 345 community service hours and is a gold medal recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.